Meet our Team
Dave Luvin: Director and Lead Teacher
Born in Kansas City, Dave started playing guitar at an early age. He studied with different local Jazz guitarists as a teen, later receiving his music degrees by attending University of Central Missouri and McNally and Smith College of Music in Minneapolis. Dave has studied privately with Jazz greats Ray Brown and Anthony Cox. He has over 30 years teaching and playing experience as well as touring around America, Caribbean and Europe. Music is Dave's passion and he is all about sharing his knowledge and skills with others to help them achieve their musical goals. With over ten years experience working in the SEN sector, Dave also specialises in music lessons for students with sensory impairments.
Dawn Luvin: Director and Business Manager
With fifteen years of entrepreneurship both in the United States and the UK, Dawn is behind the scenes working tirelessly to ensure the school, teachers and students are all running smoothly. Additionally, her experience working with children and within the SEN sector allows her to contribute in producing bespoke lessons and workshops designed to ensure music is accessible to all ages and abilities. Dawn has a passion for outreach and building relationships. She works incredibly hard to ensure the students and families walk into a fun and enjoyable, musical, learning hub. Always wanting to enhance the experience of the school for the families and teachers she is now developing her skills by pursuing a Batchelor's Degree in Business and Management with Northumbria University.
Robyn Saunders - Piano, Clarinet and Saxophone Teacher
Robyn is a performer and music teacher located in Manchester who specialises in Piano and woodwind instruments. Robyn was trained in Classical Clarinet, Classical Piano and Jazz Saxophone at Leeds College of Music where she achieved a first class honours degree. She is currently studying a Masters in Music Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. As a performer, Robyn has been fortunate enough to tour the world. She has performed piano for the Broadway casts of Lion King and Wicked in New York and accompanied classical choirs in Singapore. As an Educator, Robyn has previously worked as a Piano and Woodwind teacher at Marlborough College Malaysia. Helping musicians of any age and ability reach their full potential was a highlight of Robyn’s year in Malaysia and she is delighted to be continuing this at The Music Shed.
Elly Grice - Vocal Teacher
Elly is an accomplished vocalist who is studying at the Royal Northen College of Music. She regularly collaborates with independent artists, as well as fronting a Motown and Soul band, ‘The Tremé’ around the UK. Some highlights for Elly include performing with Alice Zawadzki at King’s Place, and with Manchester’s Christmas Gospel last year at Band on the Wall. Elly is passionate about sharing her knowledge and encouraging people to follow their own musical journey. She is energetic, enthusiastic and brings fun to her lessons.
Jen Langton-Sneyd - Vocal Teacher
Since graduating from the RNCM with both a degree in Session Musicianship and a MMus in Popular Music Performance, Jen has been teaching vocals both as a private vocal coach and as a Lecturer in Voice and Musical Theatre at the University of Chester and The Hammond Music School. She is a member of the British Voice Association and is the lead singer for Red Room Band, which she has run for the past ten years with her husband, Mike. A self-described voice nerd, Jen is passionate about helping people of all ages find their voice. Her wealth of knowledge and experience is outstanding which makes her a very busy and popular teacher at the school.
Ian Bell – Drum Teacher
Ian has been playing drums for over 40 years. As a teenager he studied privately with Malcolm Garrett
(Head of percussion at Birmingham Conservatoire) and since then has played in a wide variety of contexts from musical theatre to rock, soul and jazz. Jazz is his first musical love and he has been fortunate to play with such figures as Gary Boyle, Steve Berry and Lianne Carroll amongst many others. He is a qualified primary teacher / music coordinator with over 20 years experience and has taught classroom music to children from 4 to 18. He has also taught drums privately for many years. Ian always ensures that lessons are fun and transmits the sheer gleeful joy of playing drums to his students.
Phil Bennett: Drum Teacher
Phil has been playing the drums for 30 years. He graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in Popular Music in 2003. Since then he has been working as a freelance drummer in Manchester and covering a broad range of genres, playing gigs, festivals and shows across the country. He is better known as the drummer in the popular Stone Roses tribute band, The Clone Roses. He started his teaching practice in 2010 and has taught numerous pupils in schools and privately ever since. He is a well liked, and respected teacher at the school by colleagues, students and parents and his ability to adjust his teaching practise according to his students needs makes him one of our busiest teachers.
Jake Stentiford: Guitar, Bass and Ukulele Teacher
Jake is a highly experienced musician and gigs regularly in the Manchester area, as well as around the UK. He has over 17 years experience of playing guitar and graduated with a degree in Popular Music and Recording from Salford University in 2009. He is able to teach a range of styles including Rock, Pop, Funk, RnB and Blues on Electric Guitar to more folk and country based, finger picking on Acoustic Guitar.
Lucy Benson: Piano, Vocal and Music Theory
Having Graduated from BIMM Manchester with a first class honours degree in Professional Musicianship for vocals, Lucy is now teaching and performing in Manchester. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Popular Music Performance, specialising in the writing and release of her band’s music. In addition to her vocals, she began learning piano at the age of 8, violin at age 13, and bass guitar at age 17. She teaches to Grade 8 Piano and Vocals.
Nathan: Guitar, Bass and Ukulele Teacher
Nathan has been playing Guitar and studying Music for over 15 years and thoroughly enjoys passing on his enthusiasm and passion for Guitar and Music alike through tutoring. Nathan has several qualifications in Music, including GCSE, A Level and First Class honours in Musical Arts (BA). Nathan’s teaching style revolves around his students and therefore adapts to their individual needs depending on their skill level, age and personality.